12 Jun

Sudan last night accepted the deployment of a hybrid African Union-UN force to its war-ravaged region of Darfur.

The plan will more than double to between 17,000 and 19,000 the number of AU troops struggling to protect civilians from the pro-government Janjaweed militia.

A joint statement by the AU, UN and Sudanese regime, released in Addis Ababa last night, said Khartoum had “accepted the joint proposals of the hybrid operation” after obtaining explanations and clarifications from the two bodies.

The two-day talks in the Ethiopian capital had reached an impasse because of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s insistence that he wanted all the peacekeepers to come from Africa.

The UN and the AU had pledged to seek African troops first, but say they will use non-African troops if necessary.


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